Originally, the Can Do Project targeted Year 8 or 9 pupils who were at risk of not attending secondary school due to lacking confidence, or those that still hadn’t transitioned successfully. The project didn’t specifically target pupils who already have disruptive behaviour problems per se. In essence, Can Do, is an early intervention project.
Schools identify pupils using their data systems and refer them to the Can Do project. Pupils who are happy working within a group setting are coached and taught in groups, over a seven to ten week period about dealing with their own issues that create barriers to participating fully in school life. We also look at strategies that each pupil can use, for success and building peer support groups.
Pupils who struggle in a group setting enter into a 1-1 coaching/mentoring setup, where issues or barriers to performance are identified, and our coach/mentor seeks to support them to find solutions to their individual barriers so they are not at risk of failing in school.
Check out our video to hear the thoughts of some of our volunteer mentors, who work with our young people:
We originally received funding to operate in two schools in the Vale on a part time basis. However, as other local schools demonstrated significant interest, we completed and were successful in securing a Big Lottery Funding grant to enable the project to be provided to secondary schools throughout the Vale of Glamorgan. As such, the project can now be scaled up to provide intervention to year 10 and 11 pupils.
This project was previously funded by the Vale of Glamorgan Council Voluntary Action Scheme, and is now funded by BIG Lottery Wales.
We are pleased to be able to offer community mentoring through support from the X-L Mentoring Project. Click here for further information.